Dialogue and networking are key elements for increasing international cooperation, breaking down dogmatic barriers, and ensuring a more coordinated fight against corruption. Building partnerships, exchanging experiences, contributing to international events, and working together with other institutions in training professionals and practitioners lie at the forefront of IACA’s work.
The organization cooperates with a number of public and private sector entities, international and non-governmental organizations, often co-sponsors and co-organizes trainings, conferences, and workshops, offers its expertise at international events, and assists other bodies with the development of anti-corruption programmes and curricula.
Trainings which IACA has co-sponsored include:
Trainings for Civil Society on the UNCAC Review Mechanism 2011, 2012, 2014 (IACA campus)
UNODC and the UNCAC Coalition, supported by IACA, organized three civil society trainings on the UNCAC review mechanism. The first convened from in February 2011, the second in October 2012, and the third in June 2014. The purpose of the trainings was to strengthen civil society actors’ capacity in equipping them with the necessary tools to foster the implementation of the UNCAC and the review mechanism in their own countries.
IACA hosted two of FIFA - Interpol’s regional workshops on match-fixing and corruption in football. The main aim of the trainings was to enhance awareness and increase knowledge on issues such as game manipulation, irregular betting, and match-fixing in football. Subjects varied from the scope and magnitude of the problem to current cases and vulnerabilities in football integrity, to establishing and maintaining good governance.
Compliance Praxis Network Meeting 2013 (IACA campus)
In July, participants of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) and members of the Compliance Praxis network will come together for a workshop on transparency in public information. The event formed part of the network's quarterly meetings, this time having provided an opportunity for business representatives and IACSA's diverse student body to share and discuss developments, initiatives, and experiences in the anti-corruption arena.
Expert Group Meetings 2012 & 2013 (IACA campus)
UNODC, in partnership with IACA, organized two rounds of Expert Group Meetings as part of its “The 6 Ps: Public-Private Partnership for Probity in Public Procurement” and “Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity and Cooperation” projects. The objective of the former was to promote states’ implementation of the UNCAC, support private actors’ efforts to comply with the 10th principle of the UN Global Compact, and reduce vulnerabilities to the procurement system, while the latter concentrated on promoting states’ implementation of Articles 26, 32, 37, and 39 of the convention. The meetings took place in September 2012 and May 2013. The Expert Group Meeting on procurement also offered guidance on the curriculum development of IACA’s Procurement Anti-Corruption Training (PACT), whereas the meeting on legal incentives assisted with the development of the UNODC/IACA draft publication in promoting corporate integrity and cooperation through legal incentives and sanctions.
International Investigation Trainings 2011 & 2012 (IACA campus)
The first Investigation Training course took place in March 2011, designed for investigators from international organizations, and offered by UNDP, FAO, WFP, and IACA. The second, follow-up course was organized by UNDP, FAO, and IACA in March 2012. The overall aim of such international investigation trainings was to increase the capacity of investigation sections in the UN system to more effectively assess and investigate complex and technical allegations of wrongdoing, as well as to harmonize practices and ‘lessons learned’. A third training of this kind is foreseen in the near future.
European Anti-Corruption Training 2011 (IACA campus)
In September 2011, IACA hosted the European Anti-Corruption Training (EACT) seminar of the Austrian Federal Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Slovak Anti-Corruption Unit, the National Unit of Anti-Corruption Investigation at the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior, and the Slovenian Commission for the Prevention of Corruption. This seminar catered to anti-corruption officials from the European Union and Western Balkans, having focused on issues of investigation and prosecution, prevention, and international cooperation.
Non-State Actors Experts Meeting 2010 (IACA campus)
In September 2010, the Basel Institute on Governance and IACA organized an experts meeting for non-state actors in the asset recovery process. Fifty individuals from academia, civil society, the private sector, and service providers participated. The meeting sought to clarify the roles of the non-state actors in the field, and draw up areas in which they have to drive the asset recovery agenda in co-ordination. This was the first event ever to take place at IACA.
International events which IACA has co-sponsored include:
5th and 6th Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forums, 2016 and 2017 (London, UK)
IACA supported the 5th and 6th Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forums, which took place in London in October 2016 and November 2017, respectively. Representatives from business, law firms, regulatory bodies, and government examined the latest international and local regulatory and law enforcement strategies in the field of anti-bribery and corruption, as well as best compliance practices. Themes included the anti-corruption efforts of the G20/B20, OECD, US, EU, UK, and France, how companies can protect themselves from bribery and corruption risks, novel methods of training and awareness, whistle-blowing, individual vs. corporate misconduct, new ISO Anti-Bribery Standards, the changing landscape for gifts and hospitality, rising standards for third-party risk management, and the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017.
European Forum Alpbach 2016 (Alpbach, Austria)
IACA was a partner of the European Forum Alpbach 2016, a major annual international gathering that aims to discuss current issues and formulate interdisciplinary solutions. This year’s event once again attracted speakers and participants from all regions of the world, from science, politics, business, culture, and other fields. Within the framework of the Forum’s Legal Symposium, IACA hosted a breakout session on 29 August on the theme of “Human Rights – Migration – Corruption: A Reality Check”.
Workshop on Inter-Agency Cooperation 2016 (IACA campus)
IACA co-sponsored a three-day workshop on inter-agency cooperation and good governance in Africa, which was organized by the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), in partnership with the African Tax Institute (ATI) and the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences.
Forum on Compliance and Sponsoring 2015 (IACA campus)
IACA and the Austrian Ministry of the Interior co-organized a forum on compliance and sponsoring issues for senior figures from the corporate and public sectors in December 2015.
Public-Private Partnership in the Fight against Corruption 2015 (Moscow, Russian Federation)
In March 2015, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, supported by UNODC and IACA, held a conference on the possibilities and necessities of fostering public-private dialogue in the fight against corruption. More than 300 delegates and business entrepreneurs came together to exchange ideas and offer recommendations for more effective anti-corruption measures.
Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime 2013 to 2017 (Cambridge, UK)
IACA has supported the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime for five years in a row. The symposium is a non-profit event established to promote meaningful international cooperation in the fight against financial crime. Every year, it addresses issues of pressing concern to those seeking to protect the integrity and stability of financial and business institutions and the wider economy.
The Fight against Corruption: International Standards and National Experiences 2014 (Baku, Azerbaijan)
In June/July 2014, IACA and the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) supported a conference on international standards and national experiences in the fight against corruption. The conference was held as part of Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Anti-Corruption Measures and EU Financial Interests Conference 2014 (IACA campus, Austrian Ministry of Justice)
In May 2014, the Austrian Association for European Criminal Law and IACA organized a conference on new challenges for anti-corruption measures and for the protection of EU financial interests. The conference was co-financed by the European Commission under the Hercule II Programme.
In April 2014, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the Austrian Ministry of Justice, and IACA organized a conference on the emerging trends from two years of GRECO Round IV evaluations. The focus of this round is strengthening the capacity of parliamentarians, judges, and prosecutors to prevent corruption in their own ranks. Additional financial support for the event came from the Principality of Monaco.
Curbing Corruption 2014 (IACA campus)
In cooperation with Transparency International and the Austrian Development Agency, IACA organized a conference on corruption prevention in view of development cooperation and humanitarian aid in January 2014. Topics on the agenda included the meaning of anti-corruption in development cooperation, behavioural economics aspects of corruption, developments on the international scene, and how to deal with dilemma situations.
Symposium on Public-Private Cooperation in the Fight against Corruption 2013 (Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
The Minister of Justice of Luxembourg, Luxembourg’s Chamber of Commerce, the Enterprise Europe Network, and IACA held a symposium on “Public-Private Cooperation in the Fight against Corruption”, in the margins of the June EU Justice and Home Affairs Council in June 2013. It provided a platform for expertise exchange on the relationship between integrity and competitiveness and well as the rule of law and deregulation in anti-corruption, with a high-level segment on the state of play in public-private cooperation.
Annual Conference of the General Comptrollership Office of Peru 2012 (Lima, Peru)
IACA joined with the General Comptroller of the Republic of Peru, to assist preparations for and participate in the III International Annual Conference of the General Comptrollership of Peru in November 2012. Around 400 participants discussed issues of integrity building, the roles of education and the media, and vulnerabilities in the oil and gas sector. This conference is an annual international event drawing experts from throughout the world to discuss current challenges and solutions to fighting corruption in the region.
World Anti-Corruption Forum 2012 (Amman, Jordan)
The World Anti Corruption Forum, supported by IACA, came together for the first time in September 2012. The Forum addressed the effects corruption has on economic development, governance and sustainability, discussed misconceptions about corruption and provided a platform for the exchange of experience and knowledge within the field of anti-corruption.
The Workshop on Strengthening Cross-Border Anti-Corruption Efforts: Mekong Sub-Region 2012 (Bangkok, Thailand)
Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) organized a workshop on strengthening cross-border anti-corruption efforts in the Mekong Sub Region in cooperation with IACA in September 2012. The five-day event focused on examining the role and effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies in the region, international cooperation, the ASEAN community and regional cooperation on law enforcement, understanding the corruption - money laundering nexus, and cross-border mutual assistance in anti-corruption investigations.
Transparency International Integrity Awards 2011 (IACA campus)
In November 2011, IACA hosted Transparency International’s 2011 Integrity Awards ceremony. On this occasion, members of the international community came together in praise of Cardinal Christian Tumi’s efforts to tackle corruption in Cameroon over the last 30 years. The Integrity Awards programme was launched in 2000 to honour individuals and organizations which have made an impact in the global fight against corruption, often at great personal risk.
EPAC/EACN Annual Professional Conference 2011 (IACA campus)
In November 2011, IACA hosted the Annual Professional Conference and General Assembly of the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) and European contact-point network against corruption (EACN), for which it acts as the Secretariat. The conference was attended by representatives of European anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies, and was dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and latest developments in the field.
From March 2011 to November 2016 IACA hosted the Secretariat for the largest independent European networks of anti-corruption authorities - the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) and European contact-point network against corruption (EACN). Together, EPAC and EACN offer a platform for anti-corruption and police oversight practitioners to share experiences and cooperate across national borders in developing common strategies and high professional standards. The networks advocate international legal instruments and offer assistance to other bodies for establishing transparent, efficient mechanisms.
EPAC was initiated in 2004, while EACN was established by European Council Decision 2008/852/JHA of 24 in 2008, based on EPAC structures. While EPAC brings together more than 60 anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies from Council of Europe Member Countries, EACN comprises 50 anti-corruption authorities from European Union Member States. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is a member of both, with the Director General of OLAF serving as elected President of the networks since 2012. Before that, EPAC/EACN were chaired by experts from Austria and Belgium.
Notably, IACA contributed to the development of EPAC/EACN’s Setting Standards for Europe handbook, which contains Anti-Corruption Authority Standards and Police Oversight Principles. Of a recommendatory nature, they are designed to render the work of anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies more effective. They were unanimously adopted by the EPAC/EACN General Assembly in November 2011, and have since been widely endorsed by the international community, including the UN, and became the basis for the UNDP UNODC Jakarta Statement of 2012.
The relationship between IACA and EPAC/EACN is based on a Memorandum of Understanding concluded in March 2011. For more information on EPAC/EACN, please visit www.epac-eacn.org.